2013 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Its Competition

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD 4-door 1500 LTZ Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

While the Tahoe takes a more conservative, handsome styling approach, both the Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia amp up the macho design cues inside and out.

The Armada performs quite well, but it's one of the thirstiest vehicles in this class and doesn't feel very refined.

Meanwhile, the Sequoia doesn't handle or ride as well, and its interior can feel a little too plasticky.

The Ford Expedition remains the Tahoe's top rival; the Ford's engine has power and torque numbers that are close to those of the Chevy, yet it doesn't feel as quick.

The Expedition does ride a bit better, and its handling is impressive, especially when comparing base models.

The Expedition is also due to get an engine upgrade to the new 5.0-liter, which will put it on more of a level playing ground.

The Dodge Durango is also a rival, although with underpinnings shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a stretched body, it's a different sort of beat, aimed at personal use and with more than a hint that it's taking on the luxury brands.

The Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTec is probably the top rival to the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, with great highway fuel economy, and quiet, strong, soot-free performance.

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There's very little that's fresh or contemporary about the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe, but they're tough, roomy, straightforward trucks that perform surprisingly well.
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A composed family hauler most of the time, the 2013 Dodge Durango isn't afraid of getting its hands dirty when it needs to.
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The 2013 Ford Expedition stands as one of the most accommodating and well-designed of the mega-SUVs, although its styling and features have fallen a bit behind the curve.
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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class is a pricey way to go, but it's a luxury family wagon with great fuel economy and road manners, and some thoughtful new safety and luxury features to boot.
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Rugged good looks and a beefy V-8 powertrain can only get you so far: the 2013 Nissan Armada falls behind the full-size SUV leaders in safety, features, and fuel economy.
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The 2013 Toyota Sequoia promises--and delivers--traditional truck toughness, packing macho style and a big V-8, as well as space for up to eight; but it's mighty thirsty to be a everyday family vehicle.
MSRP From     
$40,405$29,795$40,605$62,400$36,890$42,455
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V6Gas/Ethanol V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class     
N/A2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door 1500 LS2WD 4-Door SXT2WD 4-Door XLT4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC2WD 4-Door SVRWD 5.7L SR5 (GS)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
978788
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift